_This year's exciting speaker lineup

Carol R. Johnson

Carol R. Johnson, FASLA, is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Carol R. Johnson Associates, Inc. For more than 50 years she has maintained a diversified professional practice in the areas of landscape architecture and site planning.  Typical work which she has overseen within the firm for projects in the U.S. and abroad includes site development, open space and recreation planning, master planning and urban development for municipalities, schools, colleges and universities, corporations and public agencies. Between 1966 and 1973, Ms. Johnson taught at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.  She has lectured at many colleges and universities in the U.S. and abroad and is also a frequent panel participant and commentator on landscape design issues. 

Ms. Johnson serves on the Board of Designators for the George B. Henderson Foundation and on the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations Landscape and Historic Buildings Advisors Committee.  She is also a Trustee for the Hubbard Educational Trust (founded to further education in landscape architecture throughout the U.S.).  For 10 years she was a City of Boston Civic Design Commissioner.  

A graduate of Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Ms. Johnson is the recipient of honorary degrees from The Boston Architectural College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Gettysburg College.

David Redhage

David Redhage is an agricultural economist. Prior to becoming President, he served as Chief Program Officer, planning and managing educational programming at the center, and then as Vice-President.

He has been instrumental in setting up various riparian area management demonstrations, forestry projects and pollinator conservation projects on the Kerr Center Ranch.

David is also the program manager for the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program Professional Development Program, Southern Region (SSARE PDP). The Kerr Center manages this program, which provides training grants in the Southern SARE region and works with the thirteen southern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on sustainable agriculture.

His responsibilities include coordinating the annual grant process (releasing the call for preproposals, setting up grant reviews), reviewing and approving final grant reports, and reporting twice a year to the Southern Region SARE Administrative Council.

David came to the Kerr Center in 1993 after receiving an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He became President at the beginning of 2016.

Brian Court


A partner with The Miller Hull Partnership, architect Brian Court's significant and award-winning body work includes challenging design opportunities in the single and multi-family residential, urban infill, higher education and waterfront arenas. Notably, he led the design of the Bullitt Center--one of the most energy efficient buildings in the world—and largest certified Living Building.

Recipient of the 2013 AIA Seattle Young Architect Award, Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington.


Nancy wells

Nancy Wells, PhD is a faculty member in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, College of Human Ecology, at Cornell University in Ithaca NY.  As an environmental psychologist, Dr. Wells is primarily interested in how the built and natural environment influences human health and health behaviors.  Her studies examine the effects of nature on cognitive functioning and psychological well being; the influence of the environment, including school gardens, on physical activity and diet; and the role of housing quality on mental health.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research Program; the MacArthur Foundation; the U.S. Forest Service; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have funded Dr. Wells’ work.   

Dr. Wells completed a joint PhD in Psychology and Architecture at the University of Michigan and an NIMH post-doc at the University of California, Irvine.  She joined the Cornell faculty in 2001.  At Cornell, she teaches courses examining environments and health as well as research methods in human-environment relations.  She is active member of the Environmental Design Research Association and the Children and Nature Network.

Augustĺn Pizá

Award winning architect Agustín Pizá was born in Tijuana, Mexico. He is the only Latin American to earn the masters degree in golf course architecture from Edinburgh University, and to become a member of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects. Agustín began his career coordinating three of Mexico’s most recognizable golf course projects – Palmilla, El Dorado and Querencia, all in Baja California. Founder of Primer Swing - a nonprofit organization, Pizá has been recognized on an international level for its quality, creativity, dedication and passion. 

Over eighteen years in golf design and development he has collaborated with industry greats such as Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio and Robert von Hagge, and worked on world class golf projects such as Punta Mita, Costa Baja and Mayan Palace. Pizá has been published in more than 45 articles across three continents. He is a regular columnist for Forbes, Golf Digest and Obras Magazine of Grupo Expansion, a CNN affiliate. Named amongst the “Top 25 most sustainable architects” in the world, his designs have been noted for their strategy, aesthetics and character.

Richard Moreta

Richard Moreta Castillo was born in New York City. He studied for his Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Architecture and Design in Dominican Republic, the U.S., Germany, and Italy. In Italy, Richard studied under Alessandro Guirreiro at “Futurarium”. He received his Master doctorate in Milan in 2002. Richard became a Member of “Studio Radiosity” (Ref. “Studio Menphis” / Guirreiro, Mendini & Ettore Sottsass) design movement that led the way in the area of design in the eighties and nineties. After his work with HOK (Hellmuth, Obata+Kassabaum as an airport and entertainment designer) and Studio Radiosity, Richard joined “Katharsis4Design” in Germany in 2003. Upon moving to Miami in 2004, he started working with Bernardo Fort-Brescia at ”Arquitectonica” and later acting as a Design Director for various firms at South Florida.

Richard is the Architect Designer and Team Leader for development of hospitality, high end residential, aviation, public, residential, industrial and commercial complex facilities at GMZ Design. He interacts with people from the contracting, project scheduling, financing and marketing sectors of the industry. Richard also works as a consultant to corporate clients based in Europe, Florida, and the Caribbean. For over the last 15 years, he has had an extensive background in design and construction, working in continental Europe, Africa, Asia, Caribbean, and the U.S. He has lectured and taught throughout the United States, Europe, and the Americas.

The work of Richard has been published in local and international magazines even Hospitality Design, US; Aeroflt, Rusia; PM Perspektive, Germany; Abitare, Italy; Kenchi Bunka, Japan, magazine of HOUSE; South Beach and other, he also received the Prize of "AIA Excellence in Design" for his design work "Vertropolis" in Dubai.  Richard is a member founder GMZ, a group of architectural designers recognized with offices in New York, Miami and San Francisco, Berlin and the Caribbean.